With the help of Indie Cambridge - the community of ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, people, businesses, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: The Plough at Shepreth, which hosts its annual Beer & Music Festival this coming weekend.
Explore Indie Cambridge - The Plough at Shepreth
Norfolk beers, real cider, festival food and live music is all yours to enjoy out at the award-winning The Plough Shepreth from Friday 13th - Sunday 15th September. So if you're in Cambridge why not jump on the train to Shepreth and join in the fun? There's a live departure board on the bar so you'll know when to catch a train home!
The Plough at Shepreth is no ordinary country pub. As well as the railway departure board, there are unique table decorations; a rustic scaffold-board bar; toilets clad in NME pages; vinyl records for table numbers and a record player on the bar. . . you get the idea.
Opened in its current format in 2014, current owners Nick and Jo Davis have transformed it into a lively bar with a reputation for good food, great live music and exceptional ales, craft beer, gin, and cider. The Mandolin Bar, boasting a fully-equipped stage, hosts ‘Open Mic’ jam sessions every Monday, where musicians of all abilities can showcase their skills. On Thurdays live music focuses on an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, soul and blues, and on nights without live music, you’ll usually find someone playing vinyl records at the bar!
Gin is a Plough favourite, with over 50 varieties to discover and the popular monthly tasting night, Vera’s Gin Club, now in its fourth year. Cider is also a big draw, thanks to manager Tom Canning’s choice of the best blends, which has seen The Plough named CAMRA’s Cider Pub of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Cuisine-wise, the pub offers ‘social dining’ including stone-baked pizzas, Friday night fish and chips, and scrumptious Sunday lunches. Upstairs are the two art galleries, hosting a variety of exhibitions from both local and national artists. These double up as private dining or conference rooms, and outside you’ll find a pretty covered terrace leading to the garden. The Plough clearly lives up to its description as ‘the village pub with big ideas’.
What the Plough team says about the festival: September in Shepreth is now synonymous with great beer & stunning live music, as we present the Sixth Shepreth Beer & Music Festival. Try out cask ales alongside an enhanced selection of our legendary craft beers and huge craft cider selection. Each of the three days offers different accompanying food and music. Friday features acoustic and electric blues bands, with Friday Chip Shop supplying traditional chip shop fare, Saturday is Folk Festival time, side-by-side with our all-day Feast Table, and Sunday is Eclectic and World Music accompanied by our Giant Yorkshire Pudding Roasts from the garden.
The Plough Shepreth
12 High Street, Shepreth, Royston, SG8 6PP
Telephone 01763 290348
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